Q&A with Amanda Cowen, Perfect Sense Excerpt

Perfect Sense (Perfect Series #1)

  • By Amanda Cowen
  • Editions: ebook
  • Published: March 22nd 2016
  • Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
  • He’s gorgeous.
    He’s reckless.
    And he’s every woman’s dirty fantasy in the state of California.., except one… Quinn Ashby.
    Recent graduate of Penn and top of her class, Quinn is whip smart, ambitious and interning as the new marketing coordinator for the Bexley Bruisers American Hockey League team. The last thing she needs is to waste her time on guys…especially one as lethal to her focus as Cash Brooks.
    But once the bad boy hockey star tempts her into his world, threatening her professional future, she’s forced to decide whether to let him into her heart…or to leave him behind forever.

    ~ Bewitching BT


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    I round the corner into the secluded hall leading to the washrooms, and my heart stops. Cash on the ice, sweaty and dressed in hockey equipment, was sexy, but the Cash sitting feet away, wearing an expensive modern-fit, pastel brown suit, is insanely hot. I eye the two women perched on either side of him on the red velvet chaise. To his right, a long-haired blonde with extensions rests a possessive hand on his chest. To his left, a woman with jet black hair toys with her side ponytail while running the fingers of her other hand through his wavy honey-colored hair.
    His piercing blue gaze snaps to mine, and he tilts his head to the side, studying me. A cocky grin curves his full lips. I move forward, unable to breathe as his stare slides down my peplum dress, stopping once at my breasts and once at my hips. His eyes lock with mine and I fiddle with the gold-toned slider bracelet around my wrist. He pushes up from the chaise, abandoning the two women feeling him up in the corner. I turn away, and as my palm slams against the door of the ladies room, a big, warm hand closes around my wrist.
    Cash spins me around and I press back against the wall beside the door. He cages me, his palms flat on either side of my head. He leans toward me, his mouth inches from my face, so close I can the warmth of his breath tickling my cheek. He smells ridiculously good, like honey and cinnamon.
    “Mittens,” he whispers, his mouth dangerously close to my lips. “I didn’t peg you as the stalking type, especially since you took off after I scored that hard-earned goal for you.”
    What an arrogant bastard!
    I arch an eyebrow at him. “Excuse me? Do I know you?”
    His eyes flicker, and his lips curl in amusement. “Come on, Quinn. I don’t ever forget a pretty face. I’m willing to bet you don’t forget one either.”
    My heart pounds as I glare into his sharp baby blues. His sexy athletic build towers over me. He makes me feel even more petite than usual. I try to ignore the rise and fall on his muscular chest, but despite myself my nipples harden.
    Even though my body is betraying me, I refuse to act like every other puck bunny, falling at his feet. “You’re really full of yourself, aren’t you?” I say. “Now if you’ll excuse me, I need to use the ladies room.”
    He chuckles, “How about you stop playing games with me and admit you came here looking for me.”
    I shoot him a disgusted look. “I’m not here for you.”
    Cash smiles at me with what I am guessing to be one of his most charmingly rehearsed expressions. He cocks his head to the side then bites his bottom lip like he is thinking about something. “Alright, since you want to play it that way…” He leans in close enough that I feel his stubble brush against my cheek. “Can I buy you a drink?”
    An unwelcome shiver of awareness shoots up my spine. “Listen, asshole. I am Hilton Ashby’s daughter and the newest employee in the Marketing and Promotions Department for the Bruisers. So if you wouldn’t mind stepping aside so I can freshen up, I would really appreciate it.”
    Cash’s dimples deepen, and a dangerous grin pulls at the corners of his lips. “Perfect, now I know where I can find you.”
    I feel myself weaken for a brief second at his smile, until I remind myself this guy is nothing but trouble. Wrapping my fingers tightly around his tie, I yank him against my chest, and whisper in his ear, “Stay away from me, Brooks. I don’t do arrogant dickheads.”
    Cash looks straight into my eyes, his grin still in place. He runs a callused fingertip along my collarbone. “I’m not going anywhere.” He leans down, his lips close to mine. “I promise you, this is just the beginning.”


    1. If you were to describe your e-book/book in only one word, what would it be?

    2. What would you say inspired you to write it? ?

    Cash and Quinn’s story was inspired by my husband (who is also a hockey player). We were sitting around one night and I was telling him I wanted to write an angsty love story. I was working on another novel but I felt like it just wasn’t coming together the way I wanted. I told him I needed to challenge myself and write something different than my comfort zone and previous novel Between Friends (which is more of a romantic comedy and sweet love story). So he said that I should write a story about a hockey player, and told me about Theo Fleurry, a Canadian hockey player who suffered with an addiction. I immediately Googled Theo Fleurry and his story. He had an autobiography published in 2009 called Playing with Fire. And as I read his story, it started to inspire me to write and create Cash and Quinn’s story.

    3. Have you ever been hit by the infamous “writer’s block”? What did you do to escape it? ?

    Yes, always. I escape it, I read a romance novel. Or watch a rom-com. That usually gets me motivated again and breaks the block in no time.

    4. Your all time favorite book? ?
    I love so many! It would be impossible to pick just one.

    5. What’s the longest time you’ve spent working on a project? ?
    The first draft of Perfect Sense took me a year to write. Not because I had writers block or anything, but because I had a lot going on in my personal life and it was hard to find the time to complete it. Then it took another year to go through the editing process with my editor, Karen Dale Harris, and now it’s finally ready to publish!

    6. Would you say becoming an author has changed you? In what way? ?
    Yes, it definitely has. Putting your work out into the world is a scary thing. I’ve always been so insecure about my writing and never let anyone read what I wrote. A few years back, my husband tried to read a novel I wrote, and I attacked him just to get it out of his hands! Hahaha. But now, I am much more confident with my writing and who I have become as an author/writer. It’s changed me into someone with thick skin. I’ve had to learn the hard way that some people hate you and some people love you. You can never please everyone! But staying true to yourself, your writing, and what you love to write about is the key to creative happiness.

    7. What does your day-to-day life consist of? What else do you do, aside writing? ?

    My day-to-day life consists of chaos. I work full-time as an Administrator at the Bora Laskin Faculty of Law. I have two little amazing boys and I am a hard-core hockey mom! I have a ton of family and friends that I love to spend time with. I have a great husband who runs a landscaping business full-time. So needless to say I am busy as heck! But I love it, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

    8. What made you decide to go the self-pub way? ?
    I wanted ownership of my work because I am a control freak. Before I made any decisions I started researching pros and cons of published vs. self-published authors. In the end I found that a lot of self-published romance authors had great success vs. published authors. I then opted for the self-published route and I am happy I did. My first novel BETWEEN FRIENDS sold over $40,000 copies and counting worldwide, which I am pretty proud of considering I did it all myself.

    9. Did you hire professionals for editing, cover design, formatting? ?
    For my first novel, BETWEEN FRIENDS, I didn’t hire an editor and I regret that I didn’t. So for PERFECT SENSE, I hired an editor, Karen Dale Harris, who was amazing and a life saver! I hired Sarah Hansen from Okaycreations for the cover design, and Word-2-Kindle for e-book formatting.

    10. How did you decide who to hire, if you worked with pros? ?
    Research, research, research!

    11. In retrospect, what was the toughest part of self-pubbing? Was it the part that you thought would be toughest before embarking on this adventure? ?

    Just writing a novel is a huge undertaking in itself…so finding the time to research options, hire an editor, cover designer, formatter, organize publicity, and finally hit publish is the toughest part of self-publishing. You are everything! There is no one to help you figure all of this stuff out. I never realized how onerous a task it would be, but I wouldn’t change it for the world.

    12. What’s one characteristic of an author who self-publishes, one word that would describe them? ?

    Fun facts: :

    1. If you could wish for any one thing, and it would immediately come true, what would you wish for? ?

    2. If you were stranded on an isolated island, what’s the one book you’d absolutely wish to have with you? ?

    Beautiful Bastard, by Christina Lauren

    3. Name your favorite fruit. ?

    4. Coffee or tea? ?
    Tea. Herbal.

    5. Favorite season? ?

    6. How about fav time of 24 hours? ?

    7. Were you a boyscout/girlscout? ?

    8. Favorite food for breakfast? ?
    Hard boiled eggs.

    9. Latest book you’ve bought and read? ?
    Step Brother Dearest, by Penelope Ward

    10. Do you collect things like stamps, or key chains, or shoes? ?
    Nope. I’m a purger, not a hoarder.

    11. Favorite color, you know you want to tell us! ?

    12. Drama or comedy? ?

    13. Cats or dogs? ?

    14. Dinner by candlelight or a night out clubbing? ?
    Dinner by candlelight obviously! I am a hopeless romantic!

    Full Disclosure:

    1. Your top secret, uber guilty pleasure is… ?
    One Direction. Louis Tomlinson to be exact.

    2. The one thing you’d do anything to avoid/get out of is… ?
    Folding laundry.

    3. Your favorite part of a date is… ?
    Night time, when I’m at home in bed, about to binge watch a T.V. series with a cup of herbal tea, pajamas on, and my husband beside me.

    4. You were/are a hardcore fan of… ?
    It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia

    5. You’d immediately fall for someone who… ?
    Can make me laugh.

    6. The one thing that always brightens your day is… ?
    When my husband empties the dishwasher without being asked.

    7. The awesomest thing in your life is… ?
    My kids.

    About the Author & Links:

    Amanda Cowen can be found eating cupcakes, singing off-key, or watching a good RomCom when she isn’t trapped on her computer writing stories. She is an “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” fanatic, a hater of roller-coasters and a country music junkie. She lives in Thunder Bay, ON where the summers are short and the winters are long.

    Her next Contemporary Romance/New Adult Fiction novel PERFECT SENSE (The Perfect Series #1) will be available March 22, 2016.

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